May 9, 2016
RENO, Nev. (May 9, 2016) – To better address the spiritual needs of patients in the region, the Nevada Clergy Association, a not-for-profit interfaith network of religious and spiritual leaders, has partnered with Renown Health to bring a more comprehensive spiritual care program to northern Nevada.
“At Renown, we understand that it’s important to heal the whole person,” said Joel Muller, vice president, Renown Health Foundation. “Research has shown when patients’ emotional needs are met, they experience shorter hospital stays, better pain management, and a greater motivation to heal.”
The current Chapel at Renown Regional Medical Center opened 50 years ago and has received basic updates, but a renovation and expansion is needed to better suit the needs of our diverse, growing community.

“The vision for the Center is a peaceful, flexible and multi-purpose facility with programming that will fully embrace all faith practices and the diversity of patients, their loved ones, caregivers, and the community at large,” said Rev. Sean Savoy, chancellor, International Community of Christ. “The Center will be a sanctuary where people can gather for fellowship, guidance, peace, reflection, comfort and strength.”

In celebration of this new Center, the Nevada Clergy Association and Renown hosted an art contest. Out of the more than 30 entries, three winners were selected. Sally Hanrahan, Lady Jill Mueller and Ruth Clark will have their art featured in the entrance of the new Interfaith Spiritual Center.

Construction is already underway and the Center is expected to open this summer. With just over half of the money raised, fundraising is still ongoing. To find out what you can do to help, visit

Photo caption: Conceptual rendering of the new Interfaith Spiritual Center by Wikoff Design Studio, LLC

About Renown Health
Renown Health is a locally governed and locally owned, not-for-profit integrated healthcare network serving a 17-county region comprised of northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and northeast California. Renown is one of the region’s largest private employers with a workforce of more than 5,700. It comprises three acute care hospitals, a rehabilitation hospital, skilled nursing, the area’s most comprehensive medical group and urgent care network, and the region’s largest and only locally owned not-for-profit insurance company, Hometown Health. Renown has a long tradition of being the first in the region to successfully perform leading-edge medical procedures. For more information, visit

About the Nevada Clergy Association
The Nevada Clergy Association is a not-for-profit interfaith network of religious and spiritual leaders.  Headquartered in Reno, the Nevada Clergy Association’s purpose is to foster and promote interfaith relations and encourage the sharing of information among its members and promote a climate favorable to and respectful of religious and spiritual expression and freedom.

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